President-elect applauds ‘passionate education advocate’, a conservative activist denounced by the right for having supported Common Core standards

Betsy DeVos, a billionaire philanthropist and conservative activist, has been chosen by President-elect Donald Trump to be education secretary in his incoming administration.

In a statement on Wednesday, Trump called DeVos “a brilliant and passionate education advocate”.

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